Women’s Hockey Adds Eight Players for 2022-23 Season

SCHENECTADY, ​​NY – Union College head women’s hockey coach Josh Sciba has announced his 2022-23 recruiting class, with eight incoming players set to join the program. The class represents four provinces and three states and includes five forwards, two blueliners and one goaltender, all of whom will look to make an immediate impact this season.

“We’re very excited to add our new family members,” said Sciba. “With this class being impacted by the early stages of COVID during their recruiting process, we believe that we’re adding some very hungry student-athletes who are on a mission to make Union Women’s Hockey better. Whether it be coming from a successful program , a leadership position within their program, or different geographical locations across North America, we believe the diversity in this class will help connect our entire group in ways that will translate to more long-term success.”

Snapshots of the Class of 2026 are below:

Stephanie Bourque • 5-4 • Defense • Shoots: Left • Moncton, New Brunswick • Stanstead College (JWHL)

Sciba on Bourque: “Stephanie is a very smart, mobile defenseman. We believe her escapability and passing will help us be more efficient on breakouts and transitions. We’re encouraged by the deception that she’s added to her game. She had a taste of Hockey Canada [this year]so we’re excited to help her on her mission to represent her country.”

Prior to Union: Played three years on the varsity team at Stanstead College … named the team’s MVP and the JWHL Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after recording 40 points (17-23-40) in 37 games on the blue line … picked up five goals and 14 assists for 19 points in her first varsity season in 2019-20 … was selected to attend Hockey Canada’s National U-18 camp this year.

Why Union: “I chose Union because of the family environment and the small school community. I wanted to challenge myself academically while being able to continue my hockey career.”

Ella Chiarelli • 5-3 • Forward • Shoots: Left • Toronto, Ontario • Brampton Canadettes (OWHL)

Sciba on Chiarelli: “Ella is a skilled, determined forward that we believe has a lot of her best hockey in front of her. We believe that she can produce offense, while also offering the type of competitive grit that we need to be successful within our conference. We ‘re excited to see how her drive will impact our program.”

Prior to Union: Played for the Brampton Jr. Canadettes of the OWHL in 2021-22, scoring one goal with one assist … was an honor roll student and played varsity hockey at St. Joseph’s College in Toronto, helping the team to a pair of Lower Lakes League Division championships.

Why Union: “I chose Union because it provides me with both a top-notch STEM education and the opportunity to play Division I hockey, doing so on a gorgeous campus with small class sizes. The warm, welcoming coaches, teammates and faculty are second to none. “

Reese Chuback • 5-7 • Forward • Shoots: Right • Headingley, Manitoba • St. Mary’s Academy

Sciba on Chuback: “What you notice about Reese first is her skating ability. Her pace allows her to create offense and she knows how to score. She loves the game and is a hockey player in every way. We feel that her passion for the game, along with her skill level, will complement our culture nicely.”

Prior to Union: Played three seasons on the ice with the St. Mary’s Academy Prep team … averaged over a point per game with 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points in 50 regular-season games … led the team in scoring during her final season with 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points in 24 games … also was an honor roll student.

Why Union: “I chose Union for the challenges provided by the school’s strong academics and the small, tight-knit community on campus.”

Emily Evans • 5-7 • Goaltender • Shoots: Left • Corona, Calif. • Milton Academy

Sciba on Evans: “A late addition to our class, Emily is someone who has a story and is on a mission to prove something. We’re excited about her competitiveness, her ability to be square to pucks to make first stops, and her athleticism. We feel like some of her best hockey is in front of her.”

Prior to Union: Played three years of hockey and softball for Milton Academy … named the hockey team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior captain.

Why Union: “I chose Union because of its excellent academic opportunities, competitive hockey program, and tight-knit community.”

Greta Kropp • 5-7 • Forward • Shoots: Left • Northbrook, Ill. • Chicago Young Americans

Sciba on Body: “Greta knows how to finish and puts herself in good positions to create offense. With her explosiveness and skill in small areas, we believe there’s an opportunity for her to really be a threat on the puck every shift. We’re excited to see how we can amplify some of her unique skills.”

Prior to Union: Spent the last three seasons with the Chicago Young Americans, including two years with the U19 team.

Why Union: “I chose Union because of the great fit academically and with hockey. As soon as I met the coaches, I knew that I would love to play hockey for them and this was the place for me. After visiting the school and meeting the players, I was more certain I could see myself playing here.”

Raine Murdoch • 5-9 • Defense • Shoots: Left • Sherwood Park, Alberta • Edmonton Pandas (AFHL)

Sciba on Murdoch: “Raine is a very poised and reliable defenseman. She makes plus plays and adds a level of confidence and comfort to the back end. We really like that she’s adding more layers to her offensive game and we’re excited to see how her stability will help us play a more predictable style as a team.”

Prior to Union: Played three years with the Edmonton Pandas, including the last two with their U18 team … named the team’s top Defensive Player in her final season, scoring one goal with eight assists for nine points … helped the team to AFHL league and provincial championships and a Pacific Region runner-up finish in 2021-22.

Why Union: “I was looking for a school that would provide me a superior education and the best opportunity to develop and improve as a hockey player. After meeting Coach Sciba and his staff, I knew their experience and knowledge would put me on that path. Union’s small , beautiful campus made it feel like home to me.”

Amanda Quan • 5-5 • Forward • Shoots: Right • Torrance, Calif. • Loomis Chaffee

Sciba on Quan: “Amanda is a leader and someone who knows how to find space and finish on the ice. We really like her demeanor and we feel like her hockey sense will allow her to help us in a variety of situations. We really value how much Amanda loves the game.”

Prior to Union: Spent three years playing for the Loomis Chaffee School … led the team in scoring as a senior captain, recording 20 points in 24 games to earn All-Founders League honors… played club for the Mid-Fairfield Connecticut Stars and led the team in scoring with 34 points in 36 games in 2021-22 … an honor roll student every year of high school.

Why Union: “I chose Union because it provided me the opportunity to receive an amazing education, while also playing hockey at the highest level. Additionally, the values ​​of the coaching staff and team really aligned with my own, making me feel at home the minute I stepped on campus.”

Riley Walsh • 5-5 • Forward • Shoots: Right • Duxbury, Mass. • Vermont Academy

Sciba on Walsh: “Riley is tenacious and will be tough to play against. We love the character and grit that we’re getting with her and we believe that her fearless mindset will help propel our team forward and give us depth at the forward position. We’re excited to see how she matures and adds layers to her game.”

Why Union: “I chose Union because of the tight-knit community, exemplary academics and because I wanted to be part of a supportive environment surrounded by people who will push me to be the best version of myself on and off the ice.”

Prior to Union: Played four years of hockey, soccer and lacrosse at Vermont Academy … averaged over a point per game as a senior captain, scoring 20 goals with 19 assists for 39 points in 37 games … finished her career with 122 points in three seasons on the ice … also served as Senior Class President at VA.

The first chance to see the newest members of the Union women’s hockey team will come on September 17 with an exhibition contest against Syracuse University beginning at 3 pm at Messa Rink. The team will kick off the home regular-season slate on November 4 at 6 pm against Harvard University, the start of a season-long seven-game homestand that marks the longest stretch of consecutive home games since 2014-15.

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